Still looking for this car! I received some new information about it. A family member of mine told me he believed the car was a '72 NOT a '71. It was sold in Tucson Arizona around September 1992 at a company called "Haney Bro's". Pictures will be posted later today or tomorrow.

Thank you
kats,

Referring to picture 004,the smooth decklid (no ridge down the middle, front to back), suggests it's a '71. Only early '71's came with a smooth decklid from the factory. Unless the decklid has been changed, I say it's a '71. Do you know if your father bought this Pantera new, or were there previous owners? Good luck with your search.

Michael
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Originally posted by Cyboman:
kats,

Referring to picture 004,the smooth decklid (no ridge down the middle, front to back), suggests it's a '71. Only early '71's came with a smooth decklid from the factory. Unless the decklid has been changed, I say it's a '71. Do you know if your father bought this Pantera new, or were there previous owners? Good luck with your search.

Michael


The car was owned by my father for only a few months in 1992. He had bought it around April/May '92. He was diagnosed with cancer soon there after, and we had to sell it in Sept./October. He passed away in October '92. It was his dream to own a early build Pantera, and now it is my dream. I want to finish what he had started to do. He bought it through a gentlemen who owned a Pantera performance shop in Phoenix AZ. I believe the company is gone now...I have looked for years for it. When I visited there, it was right off of I-10 I believe and he had a lot of Panteras there (at least 10). Awesome guy! My father told me he was one of the most knowledgable guys about DeTomasos he had ever met. Does anyone know of this man? I believe the car was on consignment through him. I do remember he told us he was "very well known by the highway patrol". He would always take the cars he was working on and test drive them on the interstate Razzer
I think I know who your talking about. He was at a Pantera meeting I went to in Tempe. I didn't meet him but I was told who he was. I will find out through one of the club memebsr who he is and his contact info if someone else doesn't first.
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Originally posted by Coz:
I think I know who your talking about. He was at a Pantera meeting I went to in Tempe. I didn't meet him but I was told who he was. I will find out through one of the club memebsr who he is and his contact info if someone else doesn't first.


Wow, that is great news! I appreciate anything you can find out. I do rememeber the gentlemen who owned the Pantera had a Shelby Cobra (original, I think) that he was restoring and said he could not afford both the Pantera and Cobra. We went to his house and saw the Cobra in his garage.

Thanks again!
JTpantera,

deTomaso is known for finishing cars out of sync, and for using parts that he had left over on later cars. There are Panteras with earlier serial numbers than mine that are later model years! So anything is possible. For the most part, '71's had the smooth decklid.

Michael
I received some very good news right now....I called Arizona DMV and spoke with a very nice woman. The car is still in Nogales Az. with my fathers plates. I begged her for more information....she put me on hold for 10 mins. and came back and informed me that if I went to my local DMV and gave them my info. and my fathers info. then I could get a copy of the motor vehicle record for the car. Big Grin Eeker I am so excited. I will know (finally) the year or the car and the VIN. I will post all info. I get right away. If I have time I will go today.
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Originally posted by Coz:
Cool.
Just in case, does Dan Mani ring any bells ?


Coz, I really don't remember his name. I probably wouldn't even know it if I heard it. Confused

All that I remember is what I posted before. I believe his wife was a big part of his business, but I could be wrong about that.
Kats, The car has clearly had things done to it, as the seats, exhaust and probably lots more are not original. I think the car is an early 72 (if we're all guessing...) My 71 has 3 dash vents and not 2 and the dash is much harder to change than the rear deck lid! Good luck at the DMV!
Well, DMV was a complete waste of time. The information I got yesterday was wrong, and they would not give me ANY info. I was so mad, I called the customer service # that I had called yesterday and got a hold of a supervisor. I told her my store, she was obviously not moved in any way, but did apologize for the mis-information, and let me know that the car IS a 1971!! So, it wasn't a complete waste of time.

DMV's recommendation.........hire a private investigator. Roll Eyes

I heard there is a guy named Magnum who is a great PI, drives a sweet Ferrari 308 too. Maybe I'll look him up Razzer
Woooooo Hoooooooo!!!!!!! Big Grin Eeker

I got the VIN and found out who owns the car!!!!

I have not tried to contact the owner yet, but I will soon. Just not sure what exactly to say to him.

can anyone tell me if they know anything about this car???

VIN THPNLS01965 1971 PANTERA

Thank you to everyone on this board, especially COZ. You all were a great help!
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